Cocoon Recordings presents a new mix-compilation and it is number 49!!! More than that it is the 10th edition of the label-inhouse-compilation-series mixed by Chris Tietjen and last but not least it will be the final chapter of this ten years lasting journey. So we end the story as we believe it is at its climax and with some proud we can say that number ten („ZEHN RETROSPECTIVE“) is one of the best cocoon-inhouse-compilations ever - and one of the best mixes of our man Chris Tietjen, too!.
However it wouldn’t be a real end if there is no special content here: „ZEHN RETROSPECTIVE“ is not only the 10th edition and the final one, it is also the only one that looks back at almost ten years of its existence. In other words: Tietjen picked his favorite cocoon recordings tracks and remixes from the last ten years and mixed them together on one CD. Even more, he managed to do this close to perfection as one does not notice that 36 tracks from a whole decade merge into one big mix here. Tietjen proves that he developed into a vital and profound DJ throughout these years and that this final edition is the dignified product to end this era!
The former Cocoon Recordings intern and Sven Väth protegé did everything right in „ZEHN" and has choosen a great selection out of more than 150 releases! The labels repertoire consists of a variety of styles like techno, house, minimal, dub and even chill-out and experimental tracks. The full list of artist names appears like the inofficial „who is who“ of the international techno circuit. Tietjen’s final selection features names like Minilogue, Kollektiv Turmstraße, Moritz Von Oswald, Nina Kraviz, Loco Dice, Argy, Guy Gerber, Johannes Heil, Adam Beyer, Marco Carola or Maetrik - just to name a few. If you count in all remixers and collab-producers this final edition features more than 40 artists on just one CD!
Despite the many different names with all their very own styles the final mix turned out very well. The transitions and the arrangement appears very harmonic and homogenic. It is of course not a new „Closer To The Edit“ approach like Richie Hawtin once introduced it however Tietjen’s mix is quite close to this idea as he manages it to merge down 36 tracks in just one 80 minute mix. We are not highlighting certain artists or their tracks/remixes on this CD as it won’t reflect the actual vibe of this mix. And we better do not even start explaing each and every track here and what it means for us or why Chris picked it - this would need way more space than we have in this info. However we have to say that most of these tracks are the soundtrack of our life, of our past ten years. This is more than just a CD for us, it is a haptic souvenir from our musical journey and it is a damn good mix on top! Number ten has it all - a unique way of saying good-bye, isn’t it?
(added: 2015-02-02 13:50:30 )